Category Archives: Acrobat

Using Custom Dynamic PDF Stamps in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader

There is sometimes a misconception about how a custom dynamic stamp works in the PDF environment. Here is a short video that demonstrates how such a stamp gets applied: As you can see, the custom dialog that collects the data … Continue reading

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More Missing Characters

A while ago I wrote about missing characters after merging PDF files. Since then, I’ve heard about a few more instances of missing characters and was able to debug one scenario. The following is a record of that. Unfortunately, there … Continue reading

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Share Documents via Adobe’s Document Cloud

As many of you know, I am very active on the Adobe Acrobat User Community (http://www.acrobatusers.com). Oftentimes it’s necessary to actually see a PDF file in order to help somebody with a problem. There is no file sharing mechanism built … Continue reading

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Batch-Import Excel Data into PDF Forms

A while ago I documented for AcrobatUsers.com how to manually import an Excel data record into a PDF form. You can find this information here: Can I import data from an Excel spreadsheet to a fillable PDF Form? This is … Continue reading

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How to Open a Document Attached to a PDF File

Have you ever wanted to attach a document (e.g. a MS Word file) to a PDF document, and give the user the ability to launch that file with just a click on a button? Usually, you have to save the … Continue reading

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Apply Standard PDF Form FIeld Formatting/Keystroke/Validation Events to Fields via JavaScript

For some options in Acrobat’s form editor, you can select multiple fields and then apply the same option to all selected fields. This works for example for the “read-only” flag, or the display options. It does however not work for … Continue reading

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Security Envelope Templates (Still) Missing in Mac Version

Adobe Acrobat has had an interesting feature since at least Acrobat 8: A “Security Envelope” allows the user to pack any document into such an “envelope” and encrypt the contents. Only the recipient with the correct “key” can decrypt these … Continue reading

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How to Count Radio Button Choices in Acrobat JavaScript

A question that comes up every now and then on either AcrobatUsers.com or in the Acrobat JavaScript Forum is about how to count how many radio buttons with a certain value were selected by a user. Let’s for example say … Continue reading

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Too Personal for Mobile Link? How to Remove Files From Document Cloud’s Recent List

When you use any recent version of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, and you gave in to the continued ‘nagging’ to turn on “Mobile Link”, then all the files you open in Acrobat or Reader will get uploaded to Adobe’s … Continue reading

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Create Custom Commands in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro

Background In Acrobat XI and older, when you wanted to run e.g. a custom JavaScript, you had to create a folder level script and find the correct directory to install it, or create a custom Action using the Action Wizard, … Continue reading

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